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 Post subject: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:10 pm 
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OK I saw a hornworm moth sitting on one of my plants. It's gone now, but I'm assuming it laid eggs and has friends. What is the best course of action now? There's no damage yet, but if I see one of those worms I will probably die/faint/puke.

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:14 pm 
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I have nothing to add here except that my dad finally caught a squirrel with a motion activated camera. They have been eating every little tomato as soon as it starts to ripen. They take a dainty squirrel bite and throw it off the deck and have another.

It's like a constant tomato war! Somebody is always out to get them.

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:22 pm 
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Doesn't Kittee have a plan of action for those things?


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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
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I would suggest dousing the plant in kerosene and lighting it.

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:04 pm 
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All good ideas.

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:55 pm 
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I have a sacrificial tomato plant that's away from the others that I transplant the worms to.

My friend just leaves them on her plants. They don't seem to suffer too much, but she only has like one per plant.

You could also hose down your plants to dislodge the eggs? I've never tried it, but it seems like it might work!

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:49 am 
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Hornworms are like no other. You can't just give them their own plant, because they will eat it in five minutes and then come for more. I had some on a datura in New Orleans that I threw over the neighbors fence, and by the evening they came back. I actually losst one in my house once, and found it an hour later gobbling up my prized creole tomato--tomato was 1/3 gone in an hour...

BT is organic and non toxic and works for caterpillars, but does not affect bees or other insects, you have to spray it a few times a week and after any rain. I did other things that I probably shouldn't post about here....

So, yea.

I think they're otherwise, super cute.
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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
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couroupita wrote:

My friend just leaves them on her plants.


I have a hard time believing we're talking about the same creature. Hornworms strip plants. Fast. Really really fast!

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
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Yes we are! Maybe Californian tomato worms are more chill.

Honestly, I dont know what to say. My sacrificial plant has done the trick. My friend has pics of her wormies.

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
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Are these the ones that carry the eggs on their backs?

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GraciaKai wrote:
Are these the ones that carry the eggs on their backs?

those are cocoons of a parasitic wasp. those are good. keep it there so the wasps hatch and attack other caterpillars. (that hornworm has stopped feeding anyway)

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
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Ok I thought I was creeped out before, now I'm extra freaking creeped out! Thanks for the terrible nightmares to come SC!

My husband found one in our yard last year with the wasp cocoons on it and he transferred it to our deck to freak me out. Job well done husband! But the next day it was gone and we never saw it again. Didn't see any wasps either?

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you're welcome. :-)

they're pretty small. easy to miss. (i wonder if a bird came and gulped it up.)
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galv ... rnworm.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
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kittee wrote:
I had some on a datura in New Orleans that I threw over the neighbors fence, and by the evening they came back.

Wait. I want to hear more about THIS.

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
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Yeah, I've had a tomato plant gone by the next day so these Nebraska hornwormies ain't foolin'. I did spray the plants with water to try to dislodge eggs. Of course the tomatoes got dislodged, too. I'll try BT!

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Omg, I love that vid supercarrot!


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 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
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The Nebraska Hornwormies sound like a bluegrass band.

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